Using Fleep as your universal communication tool

fleep sameroomSince the beginning of Fleep, we’ve had people ask us if we are the universal communication tool that will bring together their Skype, Facebook messenger, WhatsApp, Jabber, Slack, Hipchat… Time and time again, we’ve had to break people’s hopes and dreams and tell them “No, Fleep is a messenger for all your teams and projects – but Fleep does not build bridges with walled-garden chat services like Skype or Slack.”

Now, the conversation no longer ends there. Enter Sameroom.io. Fleep was lucky to be one of the first tools out there to integrate with Sameroom – not just because they’re answering a question that people have been asking us since forever, but because we like ambitious people like the Sameroom team that are taking on what seems impossible: “Hundreds of closed-island chat tools out there? No problem, let’s make them talk to each other.”

Wait, but how?

So let’s say you’re working with clients who do not want to move their communications from Skype to Fleep. Or maybe the design firm you’re cooperating with is dead set on using Slack. But you just loooove Fleep (we love you too!). Within minutes, you can use Sameroom to bridge your Fleep conversation to a conversation on Skype, to a Slack channel and others.

fleep sameroomWith any of these scenarios, the biggest benefit is that each participant or team gets to use the single team communication tool of their choice, keeping a record of all communication data while controlling and allowing access to the conversation as they see fit.

In this way, Fleep becomes your mission control center for two-way, real-time messaging across any major chat systems, letting you work faster without losing important information. If that’s not powerful, we don’t know what is.

Sounds too good to be true?

We love Sameroom, but love don’t pay the bills. You can try Sameroom out for free, but it is a paid service.

Give it a try! According to our statistics, the Sameroom integration is the most actively used integration among Fleep users – and we do trust our users’ choices.

We’ve come a long way in replacing email in business communication, especially as a chat for teams.  Here’s to minimizing external email, too!

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Web Summit 2015 highlights

Web Summit Team

Photo cred: Web Summit

Web Summit team – we are impressed by your hustle. Having grown from 400 attendees to over 40,000 in a matter of five years, Web Summit really is the “everyone’s there” summit for the tech scene in Europe.

This year, half of our team traveled to Web Summit, for various reasons – to see what’s new and cutting edge in the tech world, to catch up with friends-colleagues-partners-investors, to rock the Fleep booth and to eat a lot of mussels. (Seriously, the mussels in Dublin are amazing!)

It’s near-impossible to summarize the whole spectacle that is Web Summit, but we’ve given our best shot at compiling the team’s highlights from the event. Without further ado, here are our Web Summit 2015 highlights!

The OnePlus story

Pete Lau Web Summit

Pete Lau, Founder and CEO of OnePlus. Photo cred: Web Summit blog

Johannes from Fleep found the story of OnePlus really compelling – how they’ve had seriously accelerated growth with very small investments in marketing.

“I think it’s neat how they built the momentum on exclusivity,” Johannes shares. “There’s something special about creating exclusivity around a product – - or even urgency, with a sense that maybe they’ll run out!”

Well, it definitely worked for OnePlus, who have reported hundreds of millions in revenue already.

Benedict Evans

Marketing Summit was probably the most underrated part of Web Summit. We’re not complaining though! This meant top notch seats in front of speakers like Benedict Evans.

Benedict Evans

Benedict Evans, ‘Partner’ at Andreessen Horowitz. Photo cred: Web Summit blog.

Benedict’s session was especially enjoyable because he’s an excellent speaker. He was completely at home being on stage, sharing some excellent thoughts.

Additionally, Benedict’s session was one of several at Web Summit that made Jaak from our team realize that, “The best part of Web Summit is how you learn about new things that are completely outside of the box. You get to hear about ideas or viewpoints that are ingenious, that you would not have thought of yourself, yet when you hear about it, it sort of clicks – and you start nodding along.”

Benedict shared a lot of nuggets like that – for example, he challenged us to think what we really mean by “Mobile” technology. He also pointed out that the time and again, the general skepticism of the success of mobile (from “mobile will never replace landlines” to “mobile will never be big”) has been proven unfounded.

Andres from our team really liked how Benedict sees the Internet of Things as the life-changing technological breakthrough of our generation: our grandparents knew what devices in their household had an electric motor, our parents knew what devices in their household had a microchip, and we know what devices in the household are connected to the internet.

Ryan Smith on company culture

Ryan Smith Web Summit

Ryan Smith, CEO and co-founder of Qualtrics. Photo cred: Independent

Katheriin from Fleep is a sucker for anything related to company culture. And Ryan Smith from Qualtrics really nailed it with his casual talk on the main stage. Among other things, he said: ”We hire people to think.“,  ”Don’t let others decide when you’ve made it.” and “Startup culture comes from scar tissue.”

But Ryan’s talk wasn’t just inspiring, it was really down to earth. He explained that culture has to get better every year – it is not about achieving “good culture”, it’s about constantly developing it. Right on, Ryan.

Actually making it to Web Summit

Our co-founders Henn and Asko made their way to Dublin via London… Which ended up being a road trip due to the fog that disturbed the flights. Regretfully, they thus missed a whole day of the summit: “Compared to the previous year, I really have much less to take away from Web Summit 2015,” said Henn. “Mainly because we arrived day later and then meetings took most of my time.”

Henn Ruukel Web Summit 2015

Henn on stage at Web Summit 2015. Photo cred: Web Summit.

Well, meetings and actually getting on the stage to talk about the future of communication. Henn is a modest guy – surely speaking at Web Summit was his true highlight!

His (other) highlights included the conversation with Ed Catmull from Pixar and the panel on what sport stars really think of social media: ”I only made it to last two panels on the Centre Stage. I liked the Pixar one: my main the main takeaway was that running a company is a hard task. This is so mainly because it means aligning individuals behind a common goal – no matter if you’re producing new movie or building a product like we do at Fleep.”

We could go on and on – there was just so much going on! But these were our top highlights from Web Summit 2015. Looking forward to Web Summit 2016 in Lisbon!

Next stop, Slush.

How to make the most of your time at Web Summit

Web Summit

Photo cred: Web Summit blog

Tens of thousands of attendees. Hundreds of speakers. Too many sessions to count. How do you make sure you benefit from the Web Summit, and don’t get overwhelmed?

Here are our 6 tips for a good time at Web Summit.

WebSummit Tips1. Use the app.

Yes, the Web Summit app is a mighty piece of software that will help you get around. By favoriting the sessions that seem interesting on the schedule, you create a new part of the app: “My Schedule”.

This helps make sure you don’t miss any of the sessions you wanted to see and will also help you see when you can take the much-needed coffee, refreshments and bathroom breaks.

2. Talk to people.

If you feel like the app recommendations are just not doing it for you, ask your colleagues, friends, people you meet at your hotel, at the pub, in the lines everywhere,

“What session are you most excited for?”

fleep_illustration_02Everyone has a session or two they have stumbled upon that they will not miss, and they’ll be happy to tell you about it. It’s really a win-win: it will also help you get a grasp on what sessions people are excited for that may be of interest to you as well!

The question is also a good conversation-starter or small-talk topic – which can segway you into other interesting conversations…

3. Take notes.

Web Summit tipsSure, it’s great if you can just sit and take it all in, immersed in the talks. But with the copious amounts of information coming your way, you’ll want to write down the main nuggets you hear.

Whether it’s in a good old notepad or on your computer, taking notes will help you remember the best parts, and also helps make sure that you don’t later forget to look into all those things that sparked your interest during the event.

4. Take breaks.

Make the most of Web SummitNo matter how many times you’ve done it before, Web Summit will be overwhelming to most people. The sheer numbers of people trying to get around, mixed with all the great information and inspiration you’ll try to soak in, and the miles you’ll walk just by trying to get around the venue all add up to an exhausting couple of days,

So don’t forget to stay hydrated, take breaks to see the sunshine (or rain) outside, check the notifications on your smartphone in a quiet corner somewhere, and of course grab some grub to keep you going.

5. Get out.

Fleep at Websummit

We went to see our friends at Google during the Web Summit week!

Don’t split your time at Web Summit between the sessions and the hotel room. Go get some fresh air by exploring the town – maybe you could even walk from your hotel to the venue? (One of our best decisions was to have the hotel 20min walk from Web Summit.) Or maybe being in town is a great excuse to reconnect with the friend, partner or ex-colleague now working at Google, Facebook, IBM or any other company in town?

Then, of course there are the after hours events, as well as the the exciting exhibits and interactive parts of the summit that are worth seeing as well. Additionally, it may be worth scheduling a few meetings at local pubs with people you know are attending – in all likelihood, you probably won’t “bump into them” at the massive and busy venue, anyway.

6. Share what you enjoy.

This is pretty straightforward. #WebSummit is there for a reason. It’s not just for making your friends, family, and colleagues envious, but for being a part of it – and it will be a great memory for yourself to go back to.

Not a social bird? Share what you enjoy at Web Summit via a message, be it on Fleep, WhatsApp, HipChat, Facebook Messenger – just don’t do it via email, you’ll never find it again.

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